Pedestrian hit, killed by police cruiser

Sanasga Weera

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a 60-year-old man has died after he was struck by a Portsmouth Police cruiser Wednesday evening.

Portsmouth Police spokeswoman Misty Holley said the pedestrian was hit at the intersection of Portsmouth Boulevard and Woodstock Street.

Sanasga Weera
Sanasga Weera

Holley said the officer was not responding to a call and his vehicle’s lights and siren were not activated at the time of the crash. The cause of the crash has still not been determined.

Police have identified the victim as Sanasga Weera. Family members told he from Sri Lanka and that he was walking home from the nearby laundromat when he was hit.

The victim’s wife, Davetta Weera, told she was very angry after learning of the accident. She said a daughter called her at home then took her to the scene.

Photo by WAVY/Greg Gadberry
Photo by WAVY/Greg Gadberry

“A couple of people said they saw what happened, that the police was flying down the street with no lights on and just hit him and drug him,” she said.

“I would like more traffic signs or something,” said Deanna Bray, a longtime friend. “That man lost his life. It wasn’t even his time.”

Another friend,Will Maldonado told us “he was a good person with a big heart.” He said he’s left to wonder what happened and if speed was a factor. “It’s really dangerous. They come flying down this street. They’re supposed to be doing 30, 35 they come 45 sometimes, 50 even in the evening.”

According to a worker at the 7 Cities Food and Deli, Weera was a cook there for 20 years.

Holley said the officer involved in the crash has been put on administrative duty, per department policy. The department is conducting both a criminal and internal investigation into the incident.

No further information has been released. Stay with and WAVY News 10 for updates on this developing story.

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